Here we go – the start of another Whole Life Challenge. I know that I’ve got the hang of the challenge since I’ve done it several times already. Although I still do want to lose weight and lower my body fat percentage, my goal this time for the Whole Life Challenge is a bit different.

My focus for 2015 has been to be more present in my life and absorb what’s going on in me/with me/around me. I wrote about it in detail in one of my previous posts: Living a Good Life. You can read more about it there if you like. Although my intention is to try to take things in stride and take time to reflect and be appreciative of all I have, it’s not always easy. Rather, it is much easier to get swept up in the moment and get carried away with worries about the past, present, and future.

For the next 8 weeks, I am going to concentrate on developing better daily habits that will help me live a good life. The WLC sets the parameters, but now I want to take it to another level.

For example, when it comes to food, sometimes I rush my meals and I end up just snacking or standing over the kitchen counter while eating instead of sitting down and enjoying my meals. For breakfast, instead of taking the time to each a meal, I’ll often have a couple of dates and a spoon of peanut butter and then head out the door. Although everything I was eating was WLC-compliant, I know I can do better. It still wasn’t a healthy way to be.

Even in relation to exercise, for the most part, I’d do my workout, but on some days I’d do just the minimum amount in order to get my points for the day instead of doing something more meaningful.

This time around, I want to be more conscious of my choices and make my actions more meaningful. I don’t want to just rush and grab an apple for my meal. I want to get to the point where I have organized my day in such a way that taking 20 minutes to sit down and eat properly is not a sacrifice … after all, if I’m not enjoying my food, then what’s the point?

I spent many years of my life feeling anxious and unsure about so many things and I would almost hide from my own life. I’ve finally reached a place where I no longer hide. I am happy with where I’m at — and so I believe I owe it to myself to really do the best I can to ensure that I am living a good life.

No more rushing. No more token gestures.

From now on, it’s all about meaningful action. That’s my goal for this WLC. It’s going to be a tough one to measure, but I hope that by the end of the challenge I’ll be at a place where I feel like I’ve made some progress and am heading in the right direction.